Plum Island Beach
Newburyport’s Beach – Explore, Play, Relax!
Plum Island Beach is a beautiful New England barrier island offering locals and visitors an opportunity to explore, play and relax. A family-friendly Newburyport attraction, Plum Island Beach offers many fun and interesting things to do. Discover amazing bird watching and the natural beauty of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking or just playing and relaxing on the beach.
Plum Island is named for the beach plum shrubs that grow in the dunes and is 11 miles in length. The North Point of the Island is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Merrimack River at the mouth of the Newburyport Harbor. If you park on the Northern end of the Island make sure to pay a visit to the Plum Island Light House and if you have kids there is a fun playground on the edge of the beach. Captains Fishing Parties is located on the North Point and features both public and private boat trips.
The public beach is located on the central part of the Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge runs through Newbury, Rowley and down to Ipswich. On the far Southern Point of the Island you will find Sandy Point State Reservation, a very picturesque beach located across from Cranes Beach in Ipswich, MA.
Directions from Boston
Take I-95 North to Exit 57, Rte 113 East. As you drive through Newburyport, MA Rt. 113 will become Main Street and then will turn back into Rt. 113 as you leave Newburyport and pass into Newbury. You will pass the Newbury Town Green on your right and take a left at the traffic light on to Rolfe’s Lane. At the end of Rolfe’s Lane you will take a right on to Newburyport Turnpike and follow it over to the beach. You will pass the Newburyport Airport on your right and Bob Lobster on the left.
If you want to go to the Parker River National Wildlife Reservation Beach, take a right at the Plum Island Grille, on to Sunset Drive. Keep straight if you want to head to the main public beach.
There are many parking lots on the Parker River Wildlife Refuge but most are quite small. The largest is Parking Lot # 1 which is on the left just after you pass by the gate house. During peak times there can be a wait to get into the Reservation. Restrooms are available at Parking Lots 1 & 4.
The Plum Island Public Beach has a few parking lots just across from the main beach and one much larger parking lot if you turn left on to Norther Boulevard and follow it all the way to the North Point of the Island by the playground and light house. There are portable restrooms at the main beach and there is a restroom next to the playground at the North Point parking lot.